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Here's how you can help firefighters and fire victims across Colorado

Posted at 7:30 PM, Oct 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-24 21:32:29-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — As firefighters continue to battle the many wildfires burning throughout our state, News5 is taking a look at the many ways you can help the fire effort.

If you're looking to help people affected by the Cameron Peak fire, one way to do so from home is by making monetary donations. You can give to agencies like the Red Cross, the Larimer Humane Society, and Volunteers of America.

According to the Red Cross, more than 100 disaster workers are working around the clock to make sure people have food, a safe place to stay, relief supplies, and a shoulder to lean on.

The fire has also caused a great need for temporary housing and transportation of animals. The Larimer Humane Society says it is now housing dozens of barnyard animals displaced by the fire. Agency officials say they are excepting monetary donations from residents who would like to help.

Our sister station in Denver, Denver7, is organizing a fundraiser for fire victims. For more information, click here and look for "Help Colorado Wildfire Victims" in the dropdown.

"To hear that resources from other areas are coming here and helping us, I'm speechless," said one resident to reporters at our sister station, Denver7. "We're here to stick together as a neighborhood and help one another the best we can through this horrific time."

As of Monday, thousands of residents have been impacted by the Calwood and Lefthand Canyon fires in Boulder County, and 26 homes had been destroyed. If you would like to help, the Community Foundation of Boulder County has a list of local non-profits you can choose from through its 2020 Fires Relief Fund.

Further north, in western Larimer County, the Cameron Peak Fire continues to burn and evacuations have been in place in some areas for weeks. United Way of Larimer County has a Cameron Peak Fire Response Fund to help people there.

If you can't give time, think about giving in other ways. Even an amount as small as $10 can go help agencies like the Red Cross prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from these disasters.

Here's a list of volunteer fire departments in need of supplies:

  • Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Department: To find a link for online donations, click here.
  • Livermore Fire Protection District: To donate, click here.
  • Loveland Fire Rescue Authority: Donations can be mailed or delivered in-person to Loveland Fire Rescue Authority. For more information, click here.
  • Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District: For ways to donate, click here.
  • Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department: To donate online, click here.